20. October 2022| Wolf Gagat, Wolf protection, Poland

Gagat on the trail of dinosaurs

Gagat the wolf on the tracks of dinosaurs – a visit to Gagaty Sołtykowskie (near Skarżysko-Kamienna in Świętokrzyskie voivodeship).

Gagat, a young male we trapped in April, is still looking for a place for himself. He has wandered in the Kołomańskie Hills, spent quite a bit of time in the forests between Zagnańsk and Kielce, and recently made a trip north to the edge of wolf Bartek’s territory.

Interestingly, Gagat, perhaps looking for the genesis of his name, visited the Gagaty Sołtykowskie Nature Reserve. This reserve was established on the site of a former clay mine. It owes its name to the gagates found there – a variety of coal, which is used to make jewelry. However, the reserve is best known for its very well-preserved dinosaur tracks of several species, imprinted in the exposed sedimentary rock.

GPS collar locations indicate that Gagat has been near the shed that protects the tracks of prehistoric animals. His interest in the site confirms that it is an attraction worth visiting!

Author: Roman Gula
Photo author: Bogumiła Ostaszewska